Milwaukee is filled with hidden retail gems boasting unique collections of housewares, clothing, jewelry and one-of-a-kind gift items. In this series, we're highlighting some of the best of the bunch and giving you all the information you need to shop smarter while supporting local artisans and business owners.
Luna Pop-Up Store & Studio
1035 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr.
Latinas Unidas en las Artes (LUNA) is a local collective of women, Latinx artists who launched their first store, Luna Pop-Up Store & Studio, this fall. It is now in full-blown holiday shopping mode featuring the creative work of more than 25 artists.
Wares include hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, wall art, household items, clothing, zines, cards and more. The fun, colorful space is also used for community events, studio space for artists and a gallery.
"We have a lot of fun and different gifts to choose from that are all made by local artists," says Yessica Jimenez, LUNA member.
Luna is part of the Pop-Up MKE program, a pilot project that builds social entrepreneurs in local commercial areas.
Luna will be open through Sunday, Dec. 8, at which point another pop-up in the program will take over the space. The hours are Wednesday-Friday from 12 to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"This is a great experience for us. We've learned a lot about how to run a store and now we can decide if we want to pursue this in the future," says Josseline Castillo, member of LUNA.
Shop away, Milwaukee!
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